Accident ASL Valkyrie Type A 7, Thursday 25 May 1911
ASN logo
 
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Thursday 25 May 1911
Time:
Type:ASL Valkyrie Type A
Owner/operator:Valkyrie School
Registration: 7
MSN: 7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex
Destination airport:Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
25.5.1911 ASL Valkyrie Type A No. 7, Valkyrie School: Written off (damaged beyond repair) when stalled attempting gliding descent and dived in from approximately 100 feet (30 metres), at Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex. Pilot - Bernard Greenwood Benson (aged 20) - was killed. This accident it believed to be the first fatal aircraft accident at Hendon. According to the Wikipedia entry for this aircraft type:

"Although they were considered tricky to fly, by contemporary standards the Valkyrie monoplane was a successful design. Most of the aircraft produced were used for training and exhibition purposes, principally at the ASL's flight school at Hendon. On 25 May 1911 a six-week-old Valkyrie from the Valkyrie school crashed killing the student pilot Bernard Benson, only the third Briton to be killed in an aircraft accident."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1916.htm
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASL_Valkyrie#Operational_history
3. "Airman Killed at Hendon - Pupil's Fatal Flight". News. The Times (39595). London. 25 May 1911. col C, p. 9.
4. Flight magazine 5 June 1911 page 480 at https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1911/1911%20-%200478.html
5. http://www.sbap.be/museum/hendon/hendon.htm
6. Grace, Terry and Wilson, Maggie; "Airy Somethings ; The Extraordinary life of the Pioneer Aviator Horatio Barber" Amazon, 2019.

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Nov-2018 22:21 Dr.John Smith Added
18-Jan-2020 15:11 Anon. Updated [Source]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
www.FlightSafety.org